Former San Diego Charges cornerback Patrick Robinson is currently visiting with the Cowboys, CHQ has confirmed. It’s been quite the DB chase around Valley Ranch, as this is the third cornerback that the Cowboys have had visit. Nolan Carroll eventually re-signed with Philadelphia on a one-year deal, while Leon Hall left Valley Ranch without a deal last week. Although Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett are currently in South Florida attending NFL meetings, they’ve made a point to speak with Robinson several times over the phone. (Some team officials are at the NFL Owners Meetings in Florida. DallasCowboys.com reports that Robinson and fellow free agent Alfred Morris from Washington lunched with the Dallas staff on Monday and toured AT&T Stadium.
Whether Brandon Carr is on the roster this season or not, Robinson would be a solid under-the-radar addition to the Cowboys secondary. A former first-round pick out of Florida State by the New Orleans Saints in 2010, Robinson played five seasons with the Saints before signing with the Chargers last year. After an up-and-down career with the Saints, Robinson had quite the bounce-back year in 2015 with the Chargers, used mostly as a slot defender.
Robinson doesn’t have much quickness, but at 5-11 and 28 years old, he recorded 49 tackles, eight pass breakups, an interception, and a forced fumble in 16 games with the Chargers. One of Robinson’s best traits, other than his versatility to play both spots, is his ability to read routes and drive on the ball. One of Robinson’s biggest weaknesses is throwing his body around to tackle, therefore not always wrapping up.
Other than 2013, after suffering a major knee injury that sidelined him all but two games, Robinson -- a former first-round pick of the Saints - has played in at least 11 games each season of his career. The knee injury doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore, as he bounced back in 2014 playing in 14 games and recording 39 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and two interceptions.
The Cowboys haven’t had much luck in free agency this year, but perhaps signing one of the best cornerbacks available on the market with a team-friendly deal would offer a small sigh of relief. Same logic goes for Morris. Meanwhile, Dallas waits on the Oakland decision, due by Wednesday, on pass-rusher Benson Mayowa and still hopes to bring defensive lineman Jack Crawford back via free agency.